Whitest man in the world to play Michael Jackson?


British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play the King of Pop in an upcoming movie. It’s a controversial move as the black pop star Michael Jackson suffered from a skin disorder called vitiligo, which caused his skin to lighten.

“Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson…” tweeted film critic Scott Mendelson.

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Others thought it was an April Fool’s joke.

“Read about Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson, and checked the calendar. Thought I slept 2 months & it was April 1st,” said Jay Nickerson.

“Congrats to #JosephFiennes for being cast as Michael Jackson in new film,” chimed in guitarist Pete Gitlin. “With Queen Latifah as Elizabeth Taylor & Denzel as Marlon Brando?” (via Today).

“The one-off drama is based on an urban legend, entertainingly documented in a 2011 Vanity Fair article, which claims Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fled New York City together in a rental car in the wake of 9/11,” NME reports.

“According to the legend, Jackson had invited the Hollywood icons to his concert at Madison Square Garden and after the 9/11 attacks, when all air travel was cancelled, the trio decided to take a road trip to safety in California. ‘They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,’ a former employee of Jackson later claimed. Along the way, they apparently made pitstops at several fast food restaurants.”

Fiennes is best known for his lead role in Shakespeare In Love. The other roles will be filled by Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando. No word yet on a release date for the TV drama.

Photo credits: ichael Jackson 1984.jpg: White House Photo Office Cropped and made transparent by User:SpeedDemon74 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; By Sila from Spain (Joseph Fiennes) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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